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My Hot Picks for Movies to Watch Out For!

I’ve been binge-watching film trailers on YouTube the whole day and thought of sharing with you guys my top favorites so far – the interesting ones that got me all excited to go watch them on the big screen! It’s just a shame that most of this films won’t probably be getting any local releases but I’m keeping my fingers crossed right now. Check these trailers out!

1. Krystal
Director: William H. Macy
Cast: Nick Robinson, Grant Gustin, Rosario Dawson, William H. Macy, William Fichtner, Kathy Bates, Felicity Huffman, Rick Fox, Jacob Latimore, T.I., Amy Parrish

Plot: A young man living a sheltered life develops a crush on a stripper and joins her Alcoholics Anonymous group just so he can be in the same room with her. (IMDb)

This kinda reminds me of Catherine Zeta-Jones and Justin Bartha’s The Rebound where the young guy fell for the older girl, they got together but at the end they’d realize their priorities in life. Hah! This looks cute and funny though! Nick Robinson looks absolutely adorable here!

US Release Date: April 13, 2018 (The film had its premier back in November 2017 at the Virgina Film Festival)

2. On Chesil Beach
Director: Dominic Cooke
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Emily Watson, Anne-Marie Duff, Samuel West, Adrian Scarborough

Based on Ian McEwan’s novel. In 1962 England, a young couple find their idyllic romance colliding with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night. (IMDb)

Now, this looks absolutely fantastic! This is looking to be another Ronan’s possible entries to next year’s Oscars. I haven’t personally read the book but I’ve read a summary of it before and it’s really interesting and uhm, sad.

US Release Date: May 18, 2018 (The film had its premier back in September 2017 at the Toronto International Film Festival)

3. The Seagull
Director: Michael Mayer
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Annette Bening, Corey Stoll, Billy Howle, Elisabeth Moss, Jon Tenney, Brian Dennehy, Mare Winningham, Glenn Fleshler, Michael Zegen

An aging actress named Irina Arkadina pays summer visits to her brother Pjotr Nikolayevich Sorin and her son Konstantin on a country estate. On one occasion, she brings Boris Trigorin, a successful novelist and her lover. Nina, a free and innocent girl on a neighboring estate who is in a relationship with Konstantin, falls in love with Boris. (IMDb)

Now, this one has Oscars written all over it! Based on Anton Chekhov’s play of the same name, the film doesn’t lack in its star-power with former Academy Award nominees Benning and Winningham providing support for Ronan. Moss looks absolutely brilliant here as well! I hope they’d show this one locally!!!!

US Release Date: May 11, 2018 (The film will premiere on April 21, 2018 at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival)

4. Adrift
Director: Baltasar Kormakur
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin

Based on the true story of survival, a young couple’s chance encounter leads them first to love, and then on the adventure of a lifetime as they face one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. (IMDb)

I loved Shailene! Even the horrendous Divergent film series was made bearable by her. She’s also fantastic in Big Little Lies!  Now, I am hoping that this one will pick up steam and get her the attention leading up to next year’s Awards season. On to the film, I did a bit of a research and it tells me that the guy in the trailer (played by Claflin) was not really discovered along with his wife. Uhm, so there ya go…


And of course, I am just waiting for Avengers: Infinity War three weeks from now and Love, Simon (whose books I’ve read but didn’t like) which is getting a late release here but I’m really excited to watch it because it’s gotten tremendous support and good praises from the film community!



Review: The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

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After raving so much about the book, it made me anxious and uber-excited anticipating the release of the film and I thank my lucky stars that I was able to score an invite for its advanced screening. Seriously, the wait was just about to kill me! The story is centered on sixteen-year-old cancer patient Hazel, who is forced by her parents to attend a support group, where she meets Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player and amputee. From there, they were inseparable that even led to Augustus granting Hazel’s wish to meet the author of her favorite book, flying them both to Amsterdam.

I honestly didn’t set too many expectations prior to seeing this. I mean, the book was one of the best reads I’ve had recently and I didn’t want to spoil the whole experience if the movie didn’t live up to its promise. Fortunately, the movie didn’t disappoint. From the onset of the film, I was already grinning from ear to ear and midway through it until the end – I think I was one of the viewers bawling like a 12 year-old girl whose puppy just got kicked!

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I just really love how effective and succinct Shailene Woodley as Hazel. This girl could pull you into a corner and just be in awe of her emotional depth. It’s amazing how she’s able to make you smile and feel giddy about her and Gus (Ansel Elgort). At the latter part of the film, I was with her crying. I feel her pain and I feel her resolve. She truly connects in such a way that everyone could easily relate to. Ansel on the other hand was dreamy as Augustus Waters. He’s got a really good chemistry with Shailene and I think everyone sighed heavily (wishing they were Hazel) during the swing scene and that oh-so-well-rehearsed dinner. It was almost too much but it’s still awe-worthy. Shailene and Ansel intricately worn the characters of Hazel and Augustus to life that it’s almost difficult to let any one of them go.

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It was also nice to note that Josh Boone who directed the film and Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber who wrote the screenplay decided to be subtle about their approach on one of the characters fate. For someone who hasn’t read this John Green novel, it was a bit surprising and heartbreaking at the same time.

Another wonderful thing about this adaptation is the fact that it goes beyond its target audience much like the book. It’ll destroy your emotion but keeps you on the ride at the same time. The Fault In Our Stars has one solid story that will probably rival Noah and Allie on a different kind of level – bittersweet yet there is acceptance. It was magnified in such a way that it does not really revolved on two cancer patients but rather the romance, the young love and that heartfelt loss and acceptance that will forever be in their hearts.


Director: Josh Boone
Based on the novel The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Mike Birbiglia, Lotte Verbeek, Willem Dafoe, Emily Peachey

Rating: 9.5/10

Watch it nationwide on the big scree n on June 5, 2014.

OMG: The Fault In Our Stars – Extended Trailer

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Okay, so I just really need to share this one right here. I’ve read the book in a day and fell inlove with the characters right off. The story is narrated by a sixteen-year-old cancer patient named Hazel, who is forced by her parents to attend a support group, where she subsequently meets and falls in love with the seventeen-year-old Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player and amputee. [source]

I mean, Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort just have that chemistry you cannot fault! Ofcourse, you probably know now that they played siblings in Divergent and who would’ve thought that they would look really good together? I can tell by now that this would be a cry-fest. And in case that you have not read the book, please take the time to do so – it’s very short so you’d finish it quick. It’s a shame that Manila will have a month delay of showing this! Boo!!!! Anyway, enjoy the trailer you guys…


Review: The Descendants (2011)

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The film starts with Matt King, a lawyer played by George Clooney narrating the skiing accident of her wife Elizabeth who went into a coma and is now struggling to raise his two daughters. The doctor does not think that Elizabeth will survive and as for her last will, they are going to pull the plug on her life support and Matt have to inform the family especially his daughters, Scottie and Alexandria on what has to be done. While grieving to the inevitable, Alexandria told Matt about Elizabeth’s cheating that shocked Matt but nevertheless decided to locate the “man” and inform him about his wife so he could visit her before she die.

I honestly find the plot of the film unbelievably slow. It is not the pace of the film but the lengthy scenes and overly written lines that it sometimes sounds corny and unrealistic. The story about the family land and the debt-ridden relatives is just annoying because it was totally pointless and was just forced for Matt (Clooney) to have something to say about trying to make the audience go ‘awwe” but failed big time.

It was a good thing that George Clooney played the part of Matt amazingly, because this movie is beyond corny in my opinion. Shailene Woodley and Robert Foster provided positive support as well. They actually saved the film.

Overall, I thought the film lacks conviction and its promise just got wasted from its poor execution. Maybe it is just not my cup of tea or I was just completely drawn-out by its “I’ve seen this already” plot. Take a shot at it though, five Oscar nominations would want you to see this one and proved me otherwise but hey, to each his own.

Rating: 5/10

Director: Alexander Payne
Starring: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Beau Bridges, Robert Forster

This film review was first posted at Pinoy Exchange. Read all my film reviews at Pinoy Exchange Official PEx Movie Reviews.